In accordance with the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA), through the land use planning process, the BLM is required to consider all available information in order to determine the mix of resource uses and protection that best serves the multiple-use and sustained-yield mandate. Under the FLPMA, the BLM has numerous authorities requiring the agency to maintain inventories of all public lands and their resources, including wilderness characteristics, and to consider such information during the land use planning process. Section 201 of the FLPMA requires the Secretary of the Interior to "prepare and maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of all public lands and their resource and other values." The BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) has identified and completed an assessment of BLM-managed lands with wilderness characteristics outside of existing Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs). This assessment includes all BLM public lands within the Colorado River Valley Field Office. BLM Manual 6310 - Conducting Wilderness Characteristics Inventory on BLM Lands provides the guidance from which CRVFO performed the wilderness characteristic inventory process.
Lands Managed for Wilderness Characteristics Overview Materials
BLM Manual 6310-Conducting Wilderness Characteristics Inventory on BLM Lands
BLM Manual 6320-Considering Lands with Wilderness Characteristics in the BLM Land Use Planning Process
Colorado River Valley Field Office GIS Methodology for lands outside of the Roan Plateau Planning Area used until BLM Manuals were issued.
Lands Managed for Wilderness Characteristics Inventories and Maps - Units Found to Contain Wilderness Characteristics outside of the Roan Plateau Planning Area
Several units were found to contain wilderness characteristics outside of the Roan Plateau Planning Area. Most of these units are included in the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley Field Office, Colorado, Appendix D Lands with Wilderness Characteristics Assessment for the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
Map showing areas that were found to contain wilderness characteristics in the Resource Management Plan.
Inventories of units/areas that may contain wilderness characteristics are constantly being updated with new information. Listed below are units that were found to contain wilderness characteristics since the Resource Management Plan analysis.
Bull Gulch WSA Contiguous Unit - 429
Please contact the Colorado River Valley Field Office if you have any questions.